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'Is it possible to be too much in love? After ten years in London, Martin Blackman returns to Adelaide with his wife and fellow psychiatrist Lucy, blissfully happy. But then he introduces her to his old friend Felix, once a brilliant surgeon, now barred from practising and changed beyond recognition. In the complex triangle that develops, Martin must decide just how far he is prepared to go for Felix. So begins the darkest of journeys for all three of them...' (Publication summary)

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    • Camberwell, Camberwell - Kew area, Melbourne - Inner South, Melbourne, Victoria,: Viking , 2003 .
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      Extent: 341p.
      ISBN: 0670893986

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Reading Mabo in Peter Goldsworthy’s Three Dog Night Geoff Rodoreda , 2016 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journal of the European Association for Studies on Australia , vol. 7 no. 2 2016; (p. 15-29)
'This essay offers an analysis and interpretation of Peter Goldsworthy’s Three Dog Night (2003) as post-Mabo fiction. In doing so its broader aim is to expand the definition of post-Mabo fiction and to argue that no single historical event in recent decades has transformed the Australian literary imaginary more than the High Court’s Mabo decision of 1992. I concede that Goldsworthy’s text does not directly thematise the Mabo decision or native title. But in the portrayal of characters’ everyday conversations, their discussions about art, history and the land, the text engages with post-Mabo discourses, that is to say, with the recognition of indigenous people’s presence in the land, in history, and in political and social affairs, as opposed to their absence. Scholars in various fields of study—history, law, geography, film—have acknowledged the broad influence of Mabo in cultural production; literary scholars have too, though less so by way of close readings of specific texts. The examination of Three Dog Night, offered here, suggests Mabo’s impact on fiction writing is more widespread and more sustained than generally considered.' (Publication abstract)
Metaphysician: Trying to Read Peter Goldsworthy's Prescription Noel Henricksen , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journal of Commonwealth Literature , June vol. 46 no. 2 2011; (p. 257-273)
'As a medical practitioner, Peter Goldsworthy has been confronted, all too frequently, with human suffering, morbidity and mortality: he wrestles with their existential meaning in his poetry, essays and stories. Death, in Goldsworthy's works, is ubiquitous: it becomes an engine for tension between belief and scepticism, for contention between the legacy of his childhood Methodism and his professional grounding in scientific method. Goldsworthy describes incidents and presents arguments which explore the feasibility that we are not ephemeral but potentially eternal: séances and hoped-for hauntings; near-death experiences ... explained physiologically; cloned Tasmanian tigers, and a doctor's self-insemination with the DNA of Jesus; God-centred science fiction, and a convincing postulate for resurrection expressed in the language of mathematics and quantum mechanics. Detached and irreverent, Goldsworthy dissects and analyses, but avoids circumscription or dogmatism. He desires, at best, some proof that there is a dimension beyond the physical; he feels some sadness that a scientific mind is deprived of a certainty of the metaphysical; and he expresses hope that "perhaps, just perhaps ..."' (Author's abstract).
The Wide Brown Land : Literary Readings of Space and the Australian Continent Anthony J. Hassall , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australia : Making Space Meaningful 2007; (p. 45-53)
'In his 1987 poem "Louvres" Les Murray speaks of journeys to 'the three quarters of our continent/set aside for mystic poetry" (2002, 239), a very different reading of Australia's inner space to A.D. Hope's 1939 vision of it as '[t]he Arabian desert of the human mind" (1966, 13) In this paper I review the opposed, contradictory ways in which the inner space of Australia has been perceived by Australian writers, and note changes in those literary perceptions, especially in the last fifty years. In that time what was routinely categerised, by Patrick White among others, as the "Dead heart" (1974, 94) - the disappointing desert encountered by nineteenth=century European explorers looking for another America -has been re-mythologised as the "Red Centre," the symbolic, living heart of the continent. What Barcroft Boake's 1897 poem hauntingly portrayed as out where the dead men lie" (140,-2) is now more commonly imagined as a site of spiritual exploration and psychic renewal, a place where Aboriginal identification with the land is respected and even shared. This change was powerfully symbolised in 1985 by the return to the traditional Anangu owners of the title deeds to the renamed Uluru, the great stone sited at the centre of the continent; but while this re-mythologising has been increasingly influential in literary readings, older, more negative constructions of that space as hostile and sterile have persisted, so that contradictory attitudes towards the inner space of Australia continue to be expressed. In reviewing a selection of those readings, I am conscious that they both distort and influence broader cultural perceptions. I am also aware that literary reconstructions of the past reflect both the attitudes of the time depicted and the current attitudes of the writer, and that separating the two is seldom simple. Finally, I am conscious of the connections between literary readings and those in art and film of the kind documented by Roslynn Hanes in her 1998 study Seeking the Centre: the Australian Desert in Literature, Art and Film, and those in television and advertising. I have however, with the exception of the Postscript, limited my paper to literary readings, with an emphasis on works published since Haynes's study.' (Author's abstract p. 45)
Re-mapping the Heterotopic: A Study of Peter Goldsworthy's Three Dog Night Deb Narayan Bandyopadhyay , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journal of the Department of English , vol. 32 no. 1-2 2005; (p. 101-111) Australian Studies Now : An Introductory Reader in Australian Studies 2007; (p. 49-60)
A Failure of Craft Ben Kostival , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: Antipodes , June vol. 19 no. 1 2005; (p. 102)

— Review of Three Dog Night Peter Goldsworthy , 2003 single work novel
Deep and Meaningful Journey to Oblivion Helen Elliott , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 27-28 September 2003; (p. 7)

— Review of Three Dog Night Peter Goldsworthy , 2003 single work novel
Good Medicine Katharine England , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 4 October 2003; (p. 11)

— Review of Three Dog Night Peter Goldsworthy , 2003 single work novel
When Cultures Collide Nicola Walker , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 4 October 2003; (p. 5)

— Review of Three Dog Night Peter Goldsworthy , 2003 single work novel
A Better Class of Self-Deception James Ley , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 18-19 October 2003; (p. 15)

— Review of Three Dog Night Peter Goldsworthy , 2003 single work novel
Corrosive Passion Giselle Bastin , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Adelaide Review , November no. 242 2003; (p. 24)

— Review of Three Dog Night Peter Goldsworthy , 2003 single work novel
Novel Lifestyle Chris Brice , 2003 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 20 September 2003; (p. 15)
Cooking from an Old Recipe David Gilchrist , 2003 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 27 September 2003; (p. 3a)
Literary Names Give Award Fresh Life James Hall , 2004 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 30 April 2004; (p. 15)
The Courier-Mail Book of the Year Rosemary Sorensen , 2004 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 11 September 2004; (p. 10)
Human Stories Phil Brown , 2005 single work column
— Appears in: Brisbane News , 2 - 8 March no. 528 2005; (p. 27)
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